Symposium Sizzles

International Affairs Symposium

Nearly 200 faculty, staff, students, and community members came to hear environmentalist and author Bill McKibben deliver a rousing keynote address on October 18 during Lewis & Clark’s fifth annual Environmental Affairs Symposium.

“Global warming is one of the defining moral questions of our time,” said McKibben. “We are controlling the fate of our planet, both human and nonhuman life, in a way that we never have before.”

In his 1989 book End of Nature, McKibben claimed that ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions would create unprecedented worldwide climate changes.

The College’s weeklong symposium featured nearly a dozen presentations and panel discussions on free trade, sustainability, old-growth logging, environmental justice, art and the environment, and the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.